Wenger confirms Iwobi will be fined, hits out at The Sun’s reporting

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Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Alex Iwobi will be fined for being out late less than 48 hours before a game, calling the 22 year old’s behaviour ‘unacceptable’.

However, the manager took at the pop at The Sun for the way the story was reported, in which they tried to infer that the Arsenal player was involved in drug taking.

None of us should be surprised that the world’s scummiest newspaper decided that Iwobi being at a party should be considered front page news, calling it a ‘drug party’ ensured the scandal/outrage-ometer hit maximum, but while Wenger was rightly critical of his player, he also hit out at the way the story was reported.

“If that is true he will be fined,” said the Frenchman. “It is impossible to go out 48 hours before the game, and it’s unacceptable.

“I will, of course, have to see him to see if that is right or not.”

Later, the manager was asked if he was disappointed in Iwobi being out ‘the night before the game’, to which he interrupted, “It was not the night before the game, it was 48 hours before the game.

“The night before we were in a hotel, but it’s not acceptable and I will have to speak to him about that.

“First of all you have to be cautious with all the news always coming out. When you read what is reported it is like he has taken drugs.

“He is not involved in that at all, he has been out at a birthday party. How long has he stayed? That is very important, after I will decide what happens.

Wenger insisted Iwobi was not drinking or taking drugs, saying, “If your neighbour takes drugs, what can you do about it? You are responsible for your own behaviour, not for that of your neighbour.”

There was no hiding the fact that Iwobi has fallen short of the standards expected, but it would be worth remembering the source of this story, what an absolute lying scumbag rag it is, and that Iwobi is still a young man.

He’s made a mistake, albeit a relatively innocent one when you think of the history of our club and some of the behaviour of our players down the years, and hopefully this will teach him a real lesson.

But when it comes to one of our players vs The Sun, there’s only one side any of us should be on, regardless of what you think of him or his form.

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Karthik Rajagopalan
Karthik Rajagopalan

Will the manager be fined for fielding a shite team?

athreya
athreya

That fine is paid by the fans.

Karthik Rajagopalan
Karthik Rajagopalan

So we pay the fine and he will pocket ยฃ7m a year for assembling this team. Great!!

Owen Robison
Owen Robison

Karthik…isn’t there a team in blue somewhere that you could take your shit ass attitude to? No one wants your moaning here.

karthik Rajagopalan
karthik Rajagopalan

I have my rights to moan about my team and my manager. YOu can down vote me but cant ask me to support another team or not moan here.

Ivan Drago
Ivan Drago

Can all football clubs just follow Liverpool’s lead and refuse to have anything to do with the Scum?

goonerang
goonerang

Haven’t Everton done something similar? The Sun is an absolute disgrace to anything that has to do with journalism.

Goonerink
Goonerink

The city of Liverpool as a whole, doesn’t even get free copies when the scum does its promotions

\'Murica
\'Murica

I am part of a fun football discussion group on fb and we too have banned The posing if any Sun articles

Ben
Ben

Fuck the S*n

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

*The Scum

Twisted cuntloks
Twisted cuntloks

Can’t stand the Sun NP. The amount of times I get it offered free when I fill up with petrol. I take great pleasure in refusing it unless I have run out of bog roll at home…

Why not
Why not

I wouldn’t even wipe my ass with it

President Eckener
President Eckener

It’d only make it dirty, anyway.

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi

Lol

Lula
Lula

Tabloid slime aside, I didn’t realize he is 22 years old. Not quite sure he’ll make it. He has to add a lot to his game despite the obvious potential.

Laviano
Laviano

Heโ€™s not 22 until May

kaius
kaius

All of our players who are 24 or younger – Iwobi, Bellerin, AMN, Kolasinac, Chambers and Holding – have time on their side. They at least deserve a chance to work under a new coaching set-up before we write them off.

pedro
pedro

The abuse our younger players in particular get from the “fans” is a bloody disgrace. Imagine being in your early twenties and having thousands of supporters tearing the shit out of you in the most vile terms because you had a bad day at the office. Then these same people who kicked you repeatedly when you were down insist that you never consider another job regardless of what is going on in your family life. They’re young men, barely more than kids, and deserve a bit of perspective.

Lula
Lula

Fair enough. Still 22 at the end of the season. Hope he gets out of this tough bout of form. 22 is not so young.

Edzo
Edzo

In your blog you write that you think this is wengers last season. Curious. He signed a two year extension. I can’t see him stepping down and i can’t see kronke firing him?

Do you have inside info or just your gut.

Serpent
Serpent

I recommend the Arsecast Extra from yesterday. It was quite good, and Blogs elaborates on his thoughts there. ๐Ÿ™‚

Joel+Carter
Joel+Carter

“When it comes to one of our players vs The Sun, thereโ€™s only one side any of us should be on.”

Don’t tell me what to think. Having said that I’m sure that the Sun are either inventing this or blowing it out of all proportion.

RayParloursPerm
RayParloursPerm

sort of like they invented Hillsborough victims going through dead people’s pockets

Godfrey Twatsloch
Godfrey Twatsloch

Or undermining unions, ruining lives/careers with smut, Murdoch being an odious cunt who’ve strong armed UK politics/elections for decades, Rebecca Wade getting away with murder (at least tapping the phones of the family of a murdered child)…and the rest. Scum isn’t enough to sum them up.

Mehdi
Mehdi

I think you mean “imply” instead of “infer”.

henry
henry

dont shoot the messenger. Iwobi has been playing like sht and he played like sht after partying before last match. fck him

BenG
BenG

If you call yourself a football fan and still buy the Sun, you’re a proper twat. That is all

Godfrey Twatsloch
Godfrey Twatsloch

If you call yourself a decent human being and buy the Sun you’re a proper twat.

Tusik
Tusik

So yeah, I get it – The Sun is a filthy tabloid, It doesn’t change the fact that Iwobi partied hard a night before the game. He shouldn’t only be fined, he should be out of the team for a while, But that ain’t gonna happen cause he’s Wenger’s baby…

This whole ‘We should forgive him since he’s young and The Sun is shit’ attitude is just stupid – That’s part of the reason why some players in the team over the years can do whatever the fuck they want, knowing there’s probably no consequences for their actions (Wilshere, Szczesny…)

Gooner223
Gooner223

Hmm. Knee jerk outrage from skimming a story.

I’m curious to who are the players that can do whatever the fuck they want without consequence? In both examples, prices were paid for their malcontent.

chrispy
chrispy

Should be more professional but the sun can fuck right off. He’s one of ours, so FUCK OFF.

Shank

Are we sure Rob wasnt out and about with him?
Looked like his gyro had toppled v Forest.

Looney
Looney

I love you Arseblog. Such a measured view of things

uhtred
uhtred

Fuck the sun! As long as iwobi’s form picks up, i don’t care what he does off the pitch. Again…fuck the sun!

adgonner
adgonner

Hey. What’s the problem if he goes to birthday party?

adgonner
adgonner

Is it only me or the kind of press conferences that we are having recently – wherein the focus is totally to extract as much negativity from the coach – just sad? I mean the main thing on agenda of the reporter who interviewed Conte the other day after the FA cup game was Mourinho comments. I mean that’s so petty. Media is reaching absolutely pathetic levels. They focus on everything but football. The same is happening in Iwobis case.. there has to be some limit.

Danny
Danny

Football is eating itself

Jagger
Jagger

It’s not just football. You get this sort of sensationalist shit in all other news. The motive is to generate clicks and get higher up in search engine ranks for advertisers.
It’s been going on for a long time.

Lingards\' Milly Rock
Lingards\' Milly Rock

To be fair, these tabloids simply exist to peddle this trash. They’ve done it with Grealish, Ibe, and their favourite target of sensationalist (and racially charged) ‘reporting’ Raheem Sterling.

Very naive and irresponsible of Iwobi…he should be focusing on improving as a footballer and keeping his head down. Having a bunch of people pointing mobile phones at him and then leaking it is hopefully a great learning curve…those aren’t your friends.

Jason
Jason

He must be dropped and then sold. He dont respect the fans and the fans are arsenal fc. Wenger tippy toes around this crap and his performances of late have been bad. His lazy for a young man

pedro
pedro

I’m starting to think the “fans” don’t deserve a whole lot of respect.

Granit(e) hard!
Granit(e) hard!

Jeez, like someone commented earlier….some perspectives please.

This is just a twenty one year old and we’ve all been there ….yes!, he gets paid gazillions and so should behave better, reality though is, that sense of responsibility comes at a slightly older age and its called maturity, and this do and get caught thing is part of the learning curve he goes through to get there.

We also all forget these kids don’t have a normal childhood like everybody else which is bound to have an impact when they to this ‘raving’ age, where me and you are out shooting the breeze with mates or chilling games they are out practicing football seven days a week, sometimes from as early as the age of four.

Arturo Lupoli
Arturo Lupoli

I haven’t read any of the press on this, but if he’s gone out to a party that close to a game then what a dick head. Surely he has enough people in his life like his very talented uncle, to tell him to get his head down while he’s having such a poor run of form. I’d be tempted to loan him out for the rest of the season somewhere really shit so he can realise how good he has got it…we can’t afford to deal with this behaviour or poor form right now.

kaius
kaius

Jay-Jay Okocha who owns a couple of nightclubs? Not likely.

Wenger’s readiness to defend Iwobi tells us he’s not a bad kid. I’d loan out half the boardroom, starting with that arrogant c*nt Chips Keswick, to Yeovil or somesuch place before I touched a hair on the head of any of our young players.

Arturo Lupoli
Arturo Lupoli

Haha didn’t know that.

Godfrey Twatsloch
Godfrey Twatsloch

Could we loan Stan to some other club as well? A year at the helm of Spuds should see them firmly back where they belong. Then we’ll sell him for fuck all to Citeh.

RayParloursPerm
RayParloursPerm

The thing is, people complain all the time that young footballers are completely detached from reality.

Then when they do mix it with everybody else it’s the end of the fucking world.

Santori
Santori

There’s been a lot of hate on Iwobi. BUT remember he is still only 22yrs.

Frankly I feel Wenger is not getting the best out of him bc positionally he is being used too high up.

Iwobi I feel has the requisites to prosper deeper in midfield where his strength and general good control on the ball could be more useful if married properly with discipline. He’s also fond of moving with the ball which gives us someone-else to develop in the Jack mold.

Its the reverse with Ramsey whom I feel Wenger is wrong to play so deep. Rambo’s better instincts is to attack the box and whilst he has shown discipline to stay deeper next to Granit (or Flamini) for spells, eventually, he will start to wander lust further forward and at our detriment.

This whole midfield link role is one of the more difficult interpretive roles to play in knowing when to push forward in support and when to drop deep in caution.

I feel we have gone to a more open concept 3 in midfield of late with Ozil and Jack taking turns to drop to cover Granit.

Its more open architectured with Probably Granit the more regular deep lying player but with each taking turns.

But we have issues defending still and some of it is reultant from midfield not being aware enough to track runners into our box.

It may be possibly better for us to be more structured with a midfield 2 IMO so we exercise a bit more defensive awareness and that’s where Iwobi could be a potential candidate next to Granit or Jack.

With Coquelin out of the picture probably, we now have the mediocre Elneny as a fourth option which in itself is a bit of an indictment into the incoherent thinking of the gaffer at present…unless you believe he will add from market.

Willock and AMN are in themselves huge risk to bank on.

Its t\like banking on Chambers and HOlding to step up after releasing Gabriel for no particular reason (and almost selling Mustafi). Neither young defender have delivered on promise but he is willing to risk a season with them as main back up? Faulty thinking.

goonshow
goonshow

‘Deeper midfield where his strength and control’ ?
Have you been watching his last dozen performances? He is hprribly profligate with his passing and only seems to find feet when passing square or backwards. He CANNOT tackle – and never seems to try either. Much continues to be made of his ‘strength’ however he only ever uses it to try to keep the ball when attacking and never to win it back when he’s lost it (which he too often does).
The sight of him, socks down, trudging around near the centre circle when we are under pressure and being countered makes my blood boil.
To put him in defensive midfield would simply create another hole in an already leaky bucket!

Icehammer
Icehammer

I know Alex very well like a son ofy own. He does not drink smoke or take drugs. The Sun rag is a disgrace for suggesting such things.

cagooner
cagooner

Wow – seems pretty innocuous dancing at a mate’s party. That said, if it was at 2 a.m. and then he plays as shit as he did against Forest there should be quiet punishment handed out by the club.

Santori
Santori

Iwobi is a young player who needs to be given a proper role and good structure.

He needs to be played deeper where he can see the game better, use his strength and ball control, profit from his ability to dribble up field (like Jack) and do what he does best like receive ball and turn immediately to face opponents (unlike Granit or Ramsey)

He needs management.

Oberon
Oberon

Wait isnโ€™t this like going out on Saturday night before work on MONDAY?